Searching for Ropens

Table of Contents

The book Searching for Ropens, second edition,  mid-2007,  has  263  pages,  17 chapters, 140 images, a 50-page appendix, and a 21-page index.


updated May 16, 2007

The book carries the reader through several expeditions: Umboi Island and later the remote interior of Papua New Guinea, in search of living pterosaurs (pterodactyls).

The first chapter introduces Mr. Whitcomb and explains how he became interested in searching for living pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea (his experience with crocodilians, his work in video production, and his interest in stories about grave-robbing creatures described like pterosaurs).


Chapter Two introduces Paul Nation, one of the early pioneers in ropen investigations. Here begins eyewitness testimonies in detail, with images of the witnesses.


Chapters Three and Four involve details of Westerners’ accounts of giant flying creatures in the Southwest Pacific: the 1944 giant “pterodactyl;” the “Perth Creature.”


Chapter Five explains why Whitcomb decided to go to Papua New Guinea and preparations involved.


Chapters Six and Seven involve travel and how Whitcomb found an interpreter on the mainland. The two of them take a small ship to Umboi Island and meet the villagers who will help in the search for ropens.


Chapter Eight is about the villagers in Opai and Gomlongon. (They live near Mount Bel, where the ropen is seen.)

In Chapter Nine, the explorer and his interpreter and the local guides camp out on a hill. There they set out bait for the ropen. On the second night, there is a rumor that armed bandits might come after them.


Chapter Ten gives details about eyewitness accounts: villagers in Opai & Gomlongon.


In Chapter Eleven, Whitcomb is surprised by a summons to appear in a village court.


Next, the explorer is guided to three eyewitnesses of a giant ropen encounter as the creature flew over a crater lake one day.


In Chapter Thirteen, getting home safely is not to be taken for granted.


Chapter Fourteen gives details about the second expedition of 2004.


Chapter Fifteen explains the controversy over living-pterosaur investigations. Evidence is laid out and examined.


Chapter Sixteen gives more eyewitness accounts and more pterosaur candidates.


In Chapter Seventeen, Paul Nation returns to Papua New Guinea and videotapes two ropen lights on the mainland.

Second Edition (Publication date: May 30, 2007)